Interior Page Printing Finished!

The last impression of the last interior page!

The last impression of the last interior page!

There were times when all that stretched in front of me seemed to be an infinite number of turns of the crank of Eve, the name for the semi-automated Vandercook proof press on which I’ve printed the entire book.

But cranks pass, impressions pass, pages fill up with black and then color, and, one day, I’m done.

That day is today!

I finished the interior page printing today at around 3 pm, reprinting the one faulty folio in the book. I also used this opportunity to insert an Easter egg. My children asked me whether a particular thing would be in the book, and I was shocked when I realized it wouldn’t! They encouraged me to include it, and I was able to make that happen today. When you find it, you’ll be happy. (The Easter egg is also the only metal type in interior of the book!)

Eve’s serial number, indicating she was made in 1946.

Eve’s serial number, indicating she was made in 1946.

I pulled every impression in this book with two exceptions. My children visited one day that I was printing, and I showed them how it worked, and they each pulled one sheet by themselves. That's a different kind of Easter egg—you won't know which sheets they printed (nor can I remember). But it was a lovely way to have part of them in the book, too.

What’s left? End pages, which I’ll be setting by hand and will be in two colors, and the cover, which I believe I now have a design idea for. (Also, the keepsake, which I have the printing plates and paper for, and will set to work on as soon as the end pages and cover are done.)

These are all much less ambitious and more straightforward to print than the multi-color large press sheets that make up the book.

A hint of the Easter egg.

A hint of the Easter egg.

Thanks for your trust and encourage, and I’ll soon have a plan for cutting and folding the pages in consultation with my bookbinder, and then she’ll start binding books to send out!

This is the very last impression needed for my letterpress book.